Calistoga Ranch Resort

Calistoga Ranch Resort

After being on the road for nearly a month, we were on our way to Napa Valley. This was our last destination before heading back home again. Our US trip was going to be just a regular cross-country road trip and I was going to photograph the hell out of it. Which I did, but in the end it had brought me so much more. It was a revelation of sorts. Being away from the hectic surroundings at home, I finally had the time to think things through and to breathe again. What did I want in life? How was I going to manage things back home again? What needed to change? I wouldn’t go as far as saying it was a life changing experience, but it was an eye-opener at the very least.

We drove from San Francisco to Napa Valley, passing the Golden Gate Bridge into the vineyard county. For our last destination, I couldn’t have wished for a better place than the Calistoga Ranch Resort. The resort is tucked into a private canyon in the Upper Napa Valley. After a warm welcome and a glass of wine (from the ranch’s own vineyard), we were shown the way to our lodge. The ranch has a peaceful feel to it. Wherever you go, you’re surrounded by nature. We were told that the architects tried to build around the trees and plants as much as possible and the lodges were designed in a way to make it blend in with the environment.

I couldn’t remember the last time we had this much peace and quiet on a vacation. I make it a habit to plan a day full up to the hour. For Calistoga Ranch Resort I hadn’t planned anything at all. Which is a good thing. This luxury retreat is a perfect getaway from the hustle and bustle of city life.

It was a good thing we had planned this last – had we done differently, I’m afraid we may never have left for the rest of the trip.

Calistoga Ranch Resort
Calistoga Ranch Resort
Calistoga Ranch Resort

Calistoga Ranch Pool

Calistoga Ranch Resort
Calistoga Ranch Resort

Calistoga Ranch Resort

We settled into our lodge and after a quick shower in our own private outdoor shower (I must have gone a hundred times during the whole duration of our stay – one can never have too many outdoor showers), we went out to explore the rest of the resort. To start with the resort’s swimming pool. In a Garden of Eden like setting, we sat in the shades to escape from the scorching hot sun. Jumping into the swimming pool, dressed and all, crossed my mind. But then, you don’t want to be that fool from the Netherlands who couldn’t handle California heat (would have made for great hilarious photos though). 

Calistoga Ranch Resort

Calistoga Ranch Resort
Calistoga Ranch Resort

Calistoga Ranch Resort

The resort’s Wine Cave has been a venue of celebrations to many celebrities. I imagined how beautiful it would look with receptions and wedding ceremonies, when it’s decorated for the occasion. The beautifully lit walls of the cave, the red hues, the dark and mysterious feel. Yeah – even for someone who doesn’t necessarily need to get married, it’s easy to picture yourself in a white gown in that gorgeous space.

Calistoga Lakehouse

Calistoga Wine

Calistoga Lakehouse

Calistoga Lakehouse

Calistoga Ranch Resort

We finish the night with a delicious dinner at The Lakehouse. The Lakehouse, overlooking Lake Lommel, celebrates the rich culture of food and wine that the Napa Valley is famous for. The restaurant makes use of fresh organic produce from the region, complemented by an extensive wine list. It was the perfect ending of a near perfect day.

Stay tuned for the next post!

  • This is so gorgeous, Igrien! I can imagine this is a wonderful place to spend most of your holidays, so pretty and relaxing! Your outfit is perfect for this location: elegant, but still laid-back 🙂
    Ha ha, when we go on holidays, I also tend to plan ahead and it’s always more than we can fit into the time we have (aargghhh, so much to see, so little time!). It’s definitely good to have days with no plans at all, that’s what we’ve been trying to incorporate recently – sometimes it’s best to just get lost and see where the day takes you.

    • Thanks Izzy 🙂
      That’s exactly how I feel. Wherever we go, I feel like I have to try and see all of the bigger attractions at least AND use any spare time left for the local stuff. Unfortunately, K doesn’t always like my way of vacationing haha! But this was kind of okay as well.. it was great to sit down and relax a bit and do absolutely nothing at all.
      Thanks for stopping by Izzy! <3

  • carissa

    beautiful resort. wishing i was here. your life is amazing,.

    • Thanks Carissa, it was a wonderful stay 🙂 Thanks for stopping by dear! <3

  • Loving your skirt! <3 and what a nice amazing resort!!






    • Thanks Aika! <3 I had a great time at Calistoga and definitely recommend it for anybody looking for a retreat in the wine county! 😉 Thanks for stopping by dear!

  • Such a breathtaking place.

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    • Thanks Alyssa!
      I’m checking out the giveaway later! Thanks for stopping by <3

  • ah, i love these photos of Nappa Valley Igrien, good to know that you had a great time! I’m just like you, most of the time I’ll plan for the entire trip, and i tend to focus so much on the details. But its good to relax and do nothing sometimes, just go with the flow 🙂

    • Thanks Tiffany!
      I agree; I’m definitely going to plan more time to relax the next time I go on vacation!
      Thanks for stopping by – hope you have a great day today Tiffany! <3

  • Simply stunning, every single photo! This seems like such a wonderful place – happy to hear you had a good time <3

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    • Thanks dear 🙂 I definitely had a marvelous time! Thanks for stopping by!

  • This is definitely a retreat worthy of the name. I’m in love. Is it just me or did it seem completely deserted? I think that would be awesome, to have an entire villa to yourselves…


    • I usually have to get up in the wee hours to shoot photos w/o other guests but here I was lucky it was so spacious. It definitely felt like we were there all alone (which I didn’t mind hehe). Thanks for stopping by Audrey! Hope you have a great day!

  • Gorgeous photos, looks like a wonderful place!
    xx Elle

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    • Thanks Elle! It’s an amazing retreat to visit when you’re in need of some relax and alone time!
      Thanks for stopping by Elle! <3

  • This is beautiful! And since it’s snowing/windy/freezing here today, I’m pretending I’m somewhere as pretty and green and warm.

    • Thanks Kaylee!
      Good idea! I may need this pictures when it gets really cold here in London too :p
      Thanks for stopping by Kaylee and hope you have a great day!

  • These photos are stunning, you look absolutely gorgeous! I love this! It just looks like paradise! Wow!

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  • Violette

    You trip looks amazing, the resorts seems to be so quiet and peaceful! Hope you take the best of it! Waiting for the next post 🙂


    • Oh it was definitely peaceful. I’m working on the next post. I hope I can finish it for this week! <3

  • The resort looks amazing! and the food yummy! looks like you may have discovered a litte paradise!

    • Oh it was definitely a little paradise! Thanks for stopping by dear!

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